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King George County votes to move Confederate monument

Nov. 25, 2021 13:54 PM EST

KING GEORGE, Va. (AP) — The Board of Supervisors in Virginia's King George County has voted to move a monument that honors Confederate soldiers. The Free Lance-Star reported Wednesday that the monument currently sits on the lawn of the county courthouse. The supervisors...

Defense lawyer in Arbery slaying known for pushing limits

Nov. 19, 2021 18:13 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — When a defense attorney in the trial of three men charged in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery called for Black pastors to be barred from the courtroom, shock and outrage rippled across the country. But for people familiar with his courtroom style, it came as no surprise. ...

NAACP Image Awards to be held with live audience in February

Nov. 18, 2021 15:23 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 53rd NAACP Image Awards will be held in-person Feb. 26 in Los Angeles with a live audience, the group announced Thursday. The ceremony starts at 8 p.m. Eastern and will be broadcast live on BET. Nominees for the awards that...

Lawsuits challenge new legislative, congressional lines

Nov. 15, 2021 20:37 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A pair of lawsuits announced Monday are challenging Alabama's new congressional and legislative districts as racially gerrymandered to diminish the voting power of Black and minority voters. The lawsuits argue the new districts unlawfully pack...

Group mobilizes against official who was Oath Keeper

Nov. 11, 2021 19:17 PM EST

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) — A civil rights group in a Florida county is starting a petition to recall a city commissioner who used to be a member of a group labeled as extremist by some hate-watchdog organizations. The West Volusia branch of the NAACP says it was mobilizing a...

ACLU, NAACP urge federal probe into police use of force

Nov. 10, 2021 21:29 PM EST

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Community groups are calling for the U.S. Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation into the largest law enforcement agencies in southwest Washington over alleged excessive force and discriminatory policing. The move comes after...

NC redistricting suit challenges lack of race data for maps

Oct. 29, 2021 19:09 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Advocacy groups and voters sued on Friday to block the North Carolina General Assembly's timetable to pass new boundaries for legislative seats next week, saying Republicans are breaking rules designed to ensure Black voters can elect their favored candidates. ...

NC voter ID debate clouded by call for justices' recusal

Oct. 29, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — One of several legal challenges to North Carolina’s contentious voter ID law is on hold amid a dispute over whether two justices on the state Supreme Court — one the son of arguably the state's most powerful Republican politician — should recuse themselves. ...

NC NAACP elects Maxwell as resident, unseating incumbent

Oct. 26, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — An Army veteran and civil rights advocate is the new top leader of North Carolina’s NAACP, unseating the incumbent president. Deborah Dicks Maxwell of New Hanover County also is the first woman elected to the presidential post for the North...

Lawmakers: South Carolina redistricting lawsuit is premature

Oct. 21, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Leading South Carolina Republican lawmakers are dismissing allegations they are taking too long to draw new congressional and legislative districts, arguing that legal action should be held off until new lines are actually drawn. The response came...